By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) - A dozen people were killed in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Naval Yard. The three women and nine men ranged in age from 46 to 73 and included retirees, parents, a bird lover and a divorcee.

Here are some details of their lives.

KATHY GAARDE, 62

The mother of two loved animals and nature, and she liked to help count bluebirds for a local wildlife refuge in her spare time, her family said.

A financial analyst from Woodbridge, Virginia, Gaarde was an avid fan of the Washington Capitals hockey team and a season ticket holder for more than 25 years. The Chicago native had lived in the DC area for 38 years.

Her children are grown - ages 26 and 33, a family member in Minnesota told local media. The relative said Gaarde worked on military contracts at the Navy Yard and was nearing retirement.

In a statement, her family said: "Kathy was a caring daughter, fantastic mother, wife (of 38 years) and best friend for 43 years. She loved her animals and was a blue bird counter for the local refuge."

The family asked that donations be made in her memory to the Virginia Branch of the Humane Society.

SYLVIA FRASIER, 53

The Waldorf, Maryland, resident came from a large religious family that spent the hours after the shooting waiting for news, praying and reading the Bible. According to the Washington Post, the family gathered at the home of her parents, both in their 80s, in Prince George's County.

Frasier, who was unmarried, worked on automated information systems and security of the network and information systems at Naval Sea Systems Command.

She received a Master's and Bachelor's degree from Strayer University, an online school that also has several campuses.

JOHN ROGER JOHNSON, 73

The oldest victim, Johnson was about to celebrate his 74th birthday next month, his family said.

He had four adult daughters and 10 grandchildren, with an 11th due in November. He had four stepchildren.

A resident of Derwood, Maryland, Johnson lived with his wife Judy, whom he married eight and half years ago.

Employed as a civilian contractor, he served as a logistics analyst at the Navy Yard.

KENNETH BERNARD PROCTOR, 46

Newly divorced, Proctor had two sons - 15-year-old Kendull, who attends Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland, and Kenneth Jr., 17, who graduated high school in May and joined the U.S. Army.

"I am always over-thinking and letting my thoughts evolve on events that have less impact on my goals than what's really necessary," Proctor wrote on Facebook recently. "I know now to eliminate all that really don't exist in reality and bring forth what will allow me to be me. GOD!"

His younger son wrote on Facebook in March:

"Sitiing (cq) around with my family. Even when mom and dad arnt (cq) together, we still have a great time," he wrote.

Proctor worked as a utilities operation foreman at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. According to his Facebook page, Proctor was graduated from La Plata High School in Maryland in 1984.

He was the youngest victim.

MARTIN BODROG, 54

The retired U.S. Naval officer who lived in Annandale, Virginia, never seemed to slow down, his family said.

Even on cold winter days, Bodrog could be found outside "in shorts and his trademark Boston Bruins jersey, walking his dog and helping shovel all the driveways of his elderly neighbors," his family wrote in an obituary.

Bodrog and his wife of 25 years, Melanie, had three daughters - Isabel, 23, Sophie, 17, and Rita, 16.

He spent more than two decades in the military, specializing in amphibious operations as a Surface Warfare Officer and later helped the service design and purchase naval ships as a military contractor, the obituary said.

A Sunday school teacher, he also helped in a youth outreach program at the Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia.

"Marty was a source of great inspiration to his family and friends - those of us that were lucky enough to know Marty are better people for it," his family said.

ARTHUR DANIELS, 51

The grandfather of nine, who lived in Southeast Washington, moved and installed office furniture in federal government buildings. On Monday he was working at the Naval Yard.

A witness told the Washington Post that Daniels was shot in the back as he and a colleague were frantically pushing an elevator button to escape the gunman.

"All he did was go to work," his son, Arthur Jr., told the Post. "That was his only crime."

MICHAEL ARNOLD, 59

Arnold, who lived in Lorton, Virginia, was a Navy veteran. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served for 29 years before retiring as a captain last year. He recently joined a government consulting firm.

FRANK KOHLER, 50

Married and with two college-age children, Kohler lived in a waterfront house in Tall Timbers, Maryland, on a cove along the Potomac River.

In a promotional video by the local Rotary Club, Kohler can be seen clad in a robe and crown to direct the club's annual Oyster Fest.

He worked as an independent contractor.

Little information was immediately available on shooting victims Vishnu Schalchendia Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Maryland; Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Maryland; Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Virginia; and Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Virginia.

(Additional reporting by Chris Francescani, Edith Honan and Gabriel Debenedetti; Writing by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Ken Wills)

 

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